Texas Legislature

Ryan Poppe

What is a school board member’s role in improving student performance and how should the state hold them accountable? Those are questions state lawmakers are asking ahead of the 2017 legislative session.

The release of the 2016 school accountability ratings has spurred many conversations this week at the state capitol, including how to help the lowest performing schools.

Education Commissioner Mike Morath said it’s wrong to point the finger at underperforming teachers.

Ryan E. Poppe

Ahead of the 2017 Legislative session, lawmakers are looking at ways to boost college enrollment for working adults like military veterans, reaching those non-traditional students was discussed at the state capitol Tuesday.

The number of college students who also work has declined in recent years.  According to the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, currently 39 percent of the state’s 3.8 million college students work full or part-time jobs while attending classes.

Ryan Poppe

In 2015, Texas lawmakers approved a historic spending package aimed at beefing up law enforcement’s presence along the Texas-Mexico border. Part of the money was supposed to help local border sheriffs hire additional deputies so they could be involved, but so far that isn’t happening.

 


Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Portions of Texas 96 parks remain closed because of flood damage and fire.  Parks officials told legislators Monday expensive repairs are needed to reopen the inaccessible areas. 

Ryan E. Poppe

Texas lawmakers are considering legislation that would set up a state licensing program for nonprofits that help settle refugees in the state.  Senate Republicans are concerned about being left out of the loop when it comes to the city where these families are being placed by the federal government.


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